LOCAL NEWS

Plans for a new fast food outlet in Carlingford have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

Last April Gazmend Malaj was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to convert the former Murphy’s XL shop at 49 Dundalk Street from a retail unit to a restaurant and take away. The site is situated with an Architectural Conservation Area.

There were a number of initial objectors to the proposal with one resident expressing fears that a fast food take away would lead to an “over intensification of this street of road.” Concerns over footfall, late night noise and traffic on the narrow footpath outside the premises was also raised.

In May appeals against Louth County Council’s decision were lodged by local residents Anne Dearey and John McKevitt.

However having deliberated on the matter, An Bord Pleanála have opted to grant permission subject to a number of conditions being met. These include that the restaurant and take away shall be restricted to business between the hours of 12 noon and 1am Monday to Thursday and 12 noon and 2am Friday to Sunday.

Explaining the decision, An Bord Pleanála’s John Connolly said in his report: “Having regard to the location of the site within the village centre of Carlingford and the pattern of development in the area, it is considered that the proposed development, subject to compliance with the conditions set out, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area, would not detract from the character of the Architectural Conservation Area and would not conflict with the objectives of the Louth County Development Plan. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

It is understood that Mr Malaj has other take away interests in Dunleer and Drogheda, including the Avanti take away in Rathmullen.